Dead Guy Ale
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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #2
Ranked #9,140
3.96 | pDev: 12.37%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Why do they call this an Ale when it is supposed to be a Maibock?
Technicalities aside, Rogue's best main stream offering.
A bit too hoppy for a Maibock, but then, it's Rogue.

Thursday at 08:15 PM
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hreb from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Imperial pint can served in a Maßkrug. Canned 07/06/20. Though a classic of the Rogue lineup, this is my first experience with Dead Guy Ale in MANY years.

Beer is dark orange amber, mostly clear, and forms an ample head. Flavor is moderate, with a chalky hop bitterness supported by a robust German style male profile. I get a bit of banana/clove phenol, maybe attributed to Rogue's yeast? As a beer it's just ok, though I do see how it would compliment food. I guess I'm still not a fan on the whole.

Oct 18, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an all around good beer,
Light amber in color, modest lacy head, smells of caramel and malt, slightly sweet and moderately hopped, I’d call it medium bodied, a well rounded, balanced easy drinking beer that still has lots of flavor character.

Oct 10, 2020
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gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale amber, weak head.
S: Chestnuts. Malt sweetness, lightly floral
T: Sweet malt, light coffee, dry roasted nuts, floral citrus,
F: Sticky sweet, menthol

Maibock is an obscure style for craft breweries. I imagine a lot people drink this and think, "strange Ipa." However, if you sip this under the context of a Maibock, you're in for a nuanced yet expressive take on an old style.

Sep 27, 2020
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Saulsberry from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- golden honey slight haze

Smell- faint nuts and malt. Nothing overly aromatic.

Taste- barley malt balanced with bitter hops. Mostly malt flavor, but has some almond and floral notes. Slight bite at the end.

Feel- not too dry, with medium carbonation. Feels balanced.

Overall- easy drinking beer. My go to if I can't make up my mind on what to get. Can't go wrong with this beer.

Sep 13, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dead Guy is a Maibock, more commonly known as the beer served during Oktoberfest. Appropriately, its color is an autumnal, yellow-orange that makes me think of pumpkins, bonfires, and Halloween. The head is a shy froth of pale cream taupe. Little retention and even less lacing.

Leads with a moist, doughy aroma, like opening a fresh loaf of white bread. Beyond that, the sharper noses among you may find crisp green apple with a drizzle of honey and hop spiciness smoothed over by malts.

A plushy medium with a plucky fizz at the finish. A uniquely autumn quality I can’t quite identify settles in for a good linger. But perhaps that’s only my fond memories of a enjoying a quality Maibock on a cool, dry, October afternoon.

Malts, mildly spiced hops, and creamy cashew butter. A secret kiss of candy apple sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Aug 23, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice amber with a tan head. The head doesn't last too long, but it is an otherwise pretty beer. It is rich on the nose. It is full of caramel malt notes as well as hints of spice. It is sweet to drink, but not cloying due to just enough hops. The spiciness carries over, in part due to the hops and in part due to the ale nature of this bock. It is a very good malt forward beer that doesn't leave the hops of yeast-created flavors behind. The mouthfeel is smooth but not too fizzy. Overall, a great beer.

Aug 15, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark amber color great 1 &1/2 inch foam head
sweet and malty smell, with honey and caramel and dark fruits smell
taste of caramel fruits and malt
goes down smooth excellent beer

Aug 07, 2020
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MagicJeff from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Not much of a head. cloudy copper body

Smell: Fresh doughy bread. Some slight citrusy hop notes--actually picking up some green apple and some slight flower petal notes

Taste: Honey malt. Slight caramel almost. Slightest boozy burn/spice on finish.

Feel: Medium to almost light medium; kind of seems watered down in the body--much lighter to me than what I expected given the ABV.

Overall: This beer is decent but I think it would be a lot better fresh and on draft. In fact, I think a lot more qualities would be present and detectable if I could drink a fresh draft pint. I will be seeking this one on tap (one day...sigh).

Jul 31, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku

Two finger creamy taupe Foam cap , good retention over a slightly clear copper liquid . Settles to a dense pencil thin layer, a lacing or two

Aroma is malty, raisin, banana, whiff of spice

Taste is delicious . Malty , nutty, hint if spice

Sips creamy and finishes semi dry

Good beer, I regret not trying this beer sooner

Jul 31, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 1 1/2 inch cream-colored head. Moderate lacing. Hazy.

Aroma is malty, vanilla, fruits, nuts.

Taste is caramel malt, candied fruits, vanilla, honey, slight roastiness.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

This is by far the best maibock I've had.

Jul 30, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a nonic glass. Canned on 06/09/20.

L- Clear darker amber color. Nice foamy light khaki head that slowly recedes to a thin foam cap, light lacing and light carbonation streams as it sits.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruits (raisins and dates), banana, toffee, molasses and toasted brown bread, light orange and lemon notes, light spicy hop notes. Faint boozy hints.

T- Caramel malt sweetness, dark fruits and banana, toffee/brown sugar, honey, vanilla, apricot and orange marmalade, a bit of nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light spice notes.

F- Medium/light bodied, fairly sweet and sticky up front with a slight bitterness in the finish, medium carbonation.

O- I haven't had this beer in years and decided to grab a sixer. Glad I did, completely forgot how wonderful it is.

Jun 29, 2020
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Josh_McIntire from Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a 6 pack of cans this past weekend, and I was completely surprised by this beer. I am a huge fan of dark beers and randomly buy new ones to try all the time. Carmel was the first note i got from the beer followed by either a coffee or chocolate flavor that checked off every mark for me. It was heavier mouth feel then I was expecting, which is a plus. As far as appearance, i couldn't comment as I broke a cardinal rule. I pulled the first on out of the cooler, tasted it, and proceeded to smash them and never poured one in a glass. It's definitely a beer that will be joining my "keep in stock" list in my beer fridge.

Jun 23, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can into glass
Rocky and ample ivory head. Beautiful dark golden orange with a tiny bit of haze. Butterscotchy malted sweetness to the aroma. Balanced malt hop ratio. Yummy caramelized malt with the tiniest hint of clove/allspice in the taste. Very smooth lingering finish with a full body for the mouthfeel.

Jun 06, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maibocks run to the sweet side and this is no exception. I don't generally prefer sweet beers. This is the epitome of a malty one and it's not bad. It looks a little weak, a head that doesn't last long and almost no residue lacing. It does bring a nice sweet hoppy aroma. The taste runs sweet, but not overly and there is a pretty nice malt/hop balance here.

May 24, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/11/19

Pours a beautiful honey amber with 3 fingers of off-white head that slowly fades to a cap, moderate lacing

Super sweet and malty smell, definitely some honey, caramel, and dark fruits present with also a slight pepper note. Some hopping holds up well to the sweetness, hopefully that comes through in the taste

Heavy on the malt as I expected, but I am pleasantly surprised how the hops work here, crushing the initial attenuated sweetness into bitter territory, before bringing it back to a flavorful and sweet toasted coconut on the finish, a bit of spice as well. More complex than I was expecting

Medium bodied and rich, this finishes pretty dry for what it is but not overly so, refreshing as all hell

Wow, I'm pretty floored by this one. Relatively cheap, complex, and refreshing. This would be great with some food on a summer day, and I can see myself having a regular stock of this going

Apr 11, 2020
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MichaelBorg from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great example of a maibock ale. Drinking from a 12 oz. can, (great packaging design btw) but the flavor is still strong and quite lovely.
Heavy notes of Toffee, and Roasted Malt, with a heavy nutty and hoppy finish. Low IBUs give a very session-able brew. Love it!

Apr 04, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from the local discount market. Pours a nice honey tea color. Taste is sweet but not too sweet and hides the 6.8 abv well. Decent head. Good lacing. Very good beer. I first tried this beer a couple years ago on a break from cigarette smoking. I’m smoking again and it tastes better than I remember. I don’t know if that’s a bias we should disclose lol

Mar 08, 2020
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this everywhere and finally decided to give it a try. Pint can (Canned 10/14/19) into an imperial pint glass.

L - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color with about two fingers of slightly-off white head that leaves a generous lacing and sticks nicely to the glass. Decent retention, low carbonation.

S - Biscuit malt, caramel, honey, dried fruit (raisin, apricot), molasses, some earthy hops but mostly sweetness.

T - Follows the nose with malt and caramel up front, vanilla, dried fruit, some citrus, and the sweetness is balanced nicely with bitter earthy hops and a slight metallic/alcoholic bite towards the end.

F - Medium-bodied, light carbonation, fairly smooth and creamy, finishes fairly light but has a good warming quality, due to the slightly higher-than-average ABV.

O - I haven't had many maibocks up to this point, but from what I've read, this seems to be a decent representation. Malty sweetness is balanced with bitter hops, it's not too sticky sweet and is very balanced. I like the artwork, I like that it's an Oregon brewing company, and I will definitely pick this up again.

Mar 01, 2020
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octortus from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL Can. ABV 6.8%.
Appearance: Slightly veiled honey gold, Less than one finger of light cream head, Ok retention, Low-Medium carbonation, Thin broken cap remains.
Aroma: Light caramel malt, Honey, Earthy hops, Biscuit, Slight molasses, Very slight dark fruit, Reminds me a bit of Fuller's ESB.
Mouthfeel: Just over medium body, High carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet bready malt, Bitter earthy hops, Honey.

Review: 131

Feb 10, 2020
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3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours cobber colored with good white head.

N: malty nose with a cornsugary, sweet aroma touched by a slight bitterness and a creamy juicy pineapple note. Some floral aromas is there as well, but the malty and cornsyrup steals the show

Palate; sweet,round and creamy very maltforward and not much complexity, but a pleasant velvety texture and a semi-dry finish

Jan 24, 2020
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with almost no head, what little head was present dissipated in seconds until there was no head, not even a ring of bubbles around the rim, the beer had medium carbonation and there was no lacing on the glass, not pretty to look at.

SMELL: faint toasted bread and caramel.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and toasted bread then a mildly bitter hop finish with the taste of tea.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: I did not like this beer, it was not flat but had no head, no lacing and did not appeal to me, I would not buy this one again and would not recommend to anyone.

Jan 19, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently bought a six pack of Dead Guy Ale and have had a few. It is a quite good beer and with more flavor than most Lagers or Bocks I've tried, but it is not bitter or heavy. I admit it might be my first Maibock.

Look: hazy golden/amber with an inch thick white head

Aroma: modest aroma of bread, tea, citrus

Taste: The flavor is like toasted bread, caramel, it is fairly sweet, and has a significant tea like hop bitterness at the end.

Body/Overall: medium body, smooth and silky

Dec 27, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another beer review because, why not?

This time, we're going to review one of the beers that's in my top 10 list, Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales.

Is it good? Let's find out!


It's an ale, specifically created in the style of a German maibock beer, which is a more hop-centric style of German bock beer.

But let's get rid of the nerdy stuff and look at the stuff that matters, shall we?


A nice golden amber color, with a nice, creamy, off white head. Sticks around for a while before dissipating to a fine lace.


Not much on the nose surprisingly. Hints of sweet malt, biscuits, hops, and citrus.


The hops are nice and upfront. It's bitter initially, but then you get sweet caramel and sweet malt flavors, with a hint of dark brown sugar. The feel is also smooth, with a nice feeling carbonation that just goes down easy. Very light and refreshing feeling.


Shortish. It has a malty aftertaste.


Overall, for a nice beer that is hoppy without the hops being overpowering, and balancing out the bitter flavor of the hops with sweet notes really gives this a nice, balanced flavor that's just an easy sipper.

Also, at 6.8% ABV, it's decently strong.

Overall, I give it 9/10. It's great.

Nov 30, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body like an amber jewel, glimmering; covered with an airy, sawdust coloured head that forms well, but fades out in a minute.
Nose is toffee, caramel malt, fruit cake, raisins, prunes.
It's a winter warmer, with big caramel malt flavours, lighter butterscotch, rum-soaked raisin cake, dried fruit. Sugary and sweet, but with some balancing hops in the finish cutting through just enough to prevent it from being cloying. Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation. Full, silky feel.

Nov 16, 2019
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 7979 ratings